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The Los Angeles Lakers loss last night was advantageous to a team that is too far away from the playoff prize – much closer to the first round draft pick that’s dangling on the NBA amusement park merry-go-round.
Poor play in sports is rarely rewarded, but when the gift of a potential franchise player is up for grabs, it’s easier to take the blows when you know it’s for the betterment of the faulty team you’re trying to rebuild.
On the other hand, the NBA team that shares the same city, the fast and fading Los Angeles Clippers, are struggling.
The road that was their friend has cruelly turned into their foe, and the return of Blake Griffin may not come to fruition until after the regular season, when home court advantage is a thing of the past.
Their loss last night to the Golden State Warriors was not unexpected, but a three game slide, two of which to teams they should have beaten, is not the best use of their time down the stretch.
In the final seconds of the first quarter, when it looked like the Clippers were making a statement, ahead by seven, Stephen Curry barreled through the lane without one LA player barrier in his way.
They were fooled and forsaken by Klay Thompson’s fancy footwork, giving up three after three. He and Curry combined for 65 of Golden State’s 114.
DeAndre Jordan had a great game, scoring 19 points and 20 boards. But the backcourt of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick were a combined 8-for-29 with the bench besting the starters 52-46.
With two of their 12 remaining games against the Lakers, the Clippers can help themselves secure home court advantage by beating them, and in doing so earn some much needed karma by helping their brothers from another mother obtain a first round pick.